Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Johnstown Milling Frolic is the longest running milling frolic on Cape Breton Island, probably in Canada. The Milling Frolic has been running for over 80 years. 2017 will be the 85th year

Annual milling frolic
August 18th
All Ages 7pm - 12am
Country StoreFresh Garden Vegetables
Bake SaleAll Home Cooking
MillingLearn how to mill cloth
Gaelic SingingListen to the best in Gaelic Singing songs to mill cloth by
Bingo Come and play merchandise Bingo
Lunch Relax and enjoy a lunch and tea
Straw GameLet the children take a chance to win a prize
Adult Dance 9pm - 1am
Square DanceKinnon and Betty Lou Beaton

Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival to take place at Janvrin's Isle

The Isle Madame Bluegrass and Old Time Country Music Festival will take place from Friday August 18 to Sun. August 20 at the Gaston LeBlanc Memorial Ballfield and Recreation Center at  830 Janvrin Harbour Rd. Janvrin's Island.

The Isle Madame Bluegrass & Old Time Country Music Festival Committee is very pleased to announce the following bands will be entertaining the audience at our 3rd Annual concerts:

Bluegrass Diamonds

Free Wheelin

Next Generation

Ryan Dillman & Shadow River K
Kenny Pettipas and More!

NEW this year: WORKSHOPS!!! The workshops will be led by Ryan Dillman & Shadow River... A not-to-be missed experience! 

Fri, Aug 18: 7-11pm - Opening;

Sat, Aug 19: 1-5pm and 7-11pm;

Sun, Aug 20: 10am-3pm Closing

Tickets are $50/weekend pass; $20/daily pass

Dry camping available-limited number of sites. Reservations on a first come-first served basis.

Tickets on sale from the DIMA office (Arichat) or by phone at 902-226-1918 or by mail. 

For more information see our NEW website:

It is going to be a great line up of entertainers and definitely an event you will not want to miss if you are a Bluegrass and Country Music fan. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A Favorite Acadian Dish Served in Acadian Communities on Cape Breton Island

                                                        One of the Best French Meat Pie

lb ground beef
8 ounces ground pork
1⁄2cup onion, finely chopped
1⁄2cup water
2 large potatoes, peeled, cut into quarters
1⁄2teaspoon salt
1⁄4teaspoon allspice
1⁄4teaspoon ground cloves
1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
1 double crust pie crust

Combine beef, pork, onion and water in a medium saucepan and mix well.
Cook, covered, over low heat until the ground beef and pork are cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Boil the potatoes in water to cover in a small saucepan until tender; drain
Add to the meat mixture.
Add the salt, allspice, cloves and pepper and mix well; remove from heat.
Mash the mixture with a potato masher.
Roll the pastry into two 11-inch circles on a lightly floured surface.
Fit 1 pastry into a 9-inch pie plate.
Fill with the meat mixture.
Cover with the remaining pastry, fluting the edge and cutting several vents.
Bake at 450′ for 20 minutes or the crust is golden brown.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The face of the Historic Village of St. Peter's Continues to Change, St. Peter's Canal Bridge Schedule to Open This Week.

The face of St. Peter's continues to change and although the old St. Peter's bridge has been in our history for a long time, it is time to move on. I read this item this afternoon, and so I am passing it along.
St. Peters Canal Bridge - swinging into summer!
As of June 15, the new St. Peters Canal Swing Bridge will be operational to all sail boats and cars. The grand opening will be later this year once the landscaping and Mi'kmaq interpretative and commemorative panels are installed.

I for one will not miss the long waits for traffic line ups, just do to the heavy traffic passing through our busy little Village, over our one lane bridge. Now with the two lanes, we will only have waits when ships are coming through the canal,

and then it is nice to sit and watch the boats sail through. Progress is good at times. just thinking out loud!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dundee Resort & Golf Club Celebrates New Ownership!!!

On June 1, the Dundee Resort and Golf Club’s long-time owner Scott MacAulay passed the keys to new owner, Sonny Grewal.
"We have been looking for an opportunity such as this for some time and thought Dundee would be the perfect fit," says Grewal, who has recently relocated from Texas and has dual citizenship. He and his business partner, brother Sumer are excited with their new investment.
As the demand for Cape Breton accommodations continues to grow, Dundee Resort and Golf Club has a renewed focus on becoming a true destination resort. Grewal has great plans for the property and construction work has already begun.
"We are positioning ourselves to provide a comprehensive vacation experience for guests. This means upgrades to the resort and golf course overall, as well as providing complimentary recreation activities for guest of all ages, delicious food and weekend entertainment," says Grewal.
An investment in the Dundee Resort and Golf Club is an investment in the future of the Strait Area as a tourism destination. Grewal plans to make Dundee a seasonal home and is excited to meet members of the community.

Friday, 9 June 2017

The Free Outdoor Granville Green Concert Series will Start Up in Port Hawkesbury on July 2nd.

Granville Green Free Outdoor Concert

For those who love great music, one of the highlights of the Summer Season in Cape Breton is the Free Granville Green Outdoor Concerts which take place at Granville Green in Port Hawkesbury during July and August. Well the schedule is now out and here is a peek at who will be performing this summer.

Schedule for the Free Outdoor Granville Green Concert Series in Port Hawkesbury From Sunday July 2 to Sunday August 6th. at 7pm.

July 2nd – The Barra MacNeils with Special guests- Nuallan, Sarah MacInnes and Change of Step.

July 9th. – Joshua Hyslop and special guest Mike Bochoff Band

July 16th.- The Good Lovelies and special guest Ashley MacIsaac  and Fiddlers Four.

July 23rd.- Hillsburn and special guest Jordon Musycsyn.

July 30th. – Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers and special guest Villages.

August 6th.- The Once and special guest Devarrow

Come Celebrate Father's Day in St. Peter's at Louie's Cosy Corner Restaurant on June 18th.

Father's Day at Louie's Cosy Corner Sun. 18 Jun, 2017 11:00 am
Louie's Cosy Corner Restaurant in St. Peter's

Canada Day 150 Celebrations to Include Outdoor Music Festival at the Groundswell in D'Escousse

The Groundswell in D'Escousse
If you are looking for something fun to do this Canada Day with friends and family, come to the Outdoor Music Festival at the Groundswell in D'Escousse, on July 1st. and make the 150th Canada Day one to remember!
Events include:
12pm – 1am
Beer Garden
All Day Music From The Deck
7 + Local Bands/Musicians
Strait Area Transit Shuttles
$5.00 All Day Entry
Prizes For Best Dressed Canadian Spirit
Kids Face Painting
Outdoor BBQ
Craft Beer

Small Kitchen Chaos (Eclectic 2-Piece)
Rene Fougere
Jon Hines
Brett Pierce
Trevor Bonin
Echo (3 Piece String Band!)
False Flag Time Machine (Rocky’s Funk Reggae Fusion Band)